Following high-level talks between the United States and Australia, officials announced on Saturday that the US will aid Australia in developing its missile manufacturing and export industry. This collaboration aims to bolster Australia’s arms stockpile and enhance its technological capabilities in defense.
Australia’s Defense Minister Richard Marles expressed optimism about the project, stating that missile production is expected to commence within two years. He praised the initiative for its potential to boost Australia’s technology platform, bolster the domestic defense industry, and strengthen the country’s overall defense capabilities. The specific focus of the project will be on developing a Guided Multiple Launch Missile System (GMLRS).
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin visited Brisbane to make the joint announcement, following talks with Marles and Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong. As part of this partnership, Washington will collaborate with Australia to nurture its emerging domestic missile industry, aiming to establish a reliable pipeline for the country’s armed forces.
Additionally, as part of the agreement, Australia has committed to refurbishing military bases in its strategically significant northern regions. This move will enable these bases to host military exercises and facilitate the swift rotation of US troops in the area.
“We have made significant strides on U.S. force placement initiatives,” stated Marles, highlighting the progress made in reinforcing cooperation between the two nations on security matters.
The joint effort between the US and Australia in missile production and the refurbishment of military bases signifies a deepening of their defense partnership, which is expected to strengthen regional security and cooperation.